Review: Lethal League

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Lethal League is a competitive projectile fighting game where you have to hit an anti-gravity ball into the face of your opponent to win. The ball speeds up with every strike, up to explosively extreme velocities. Play intense local matches with friends and foes, challenge yourself in the singleplayer mode or battle it out online.

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Pros:

  • Awesome arcade graphics, I say arcade as in the classic arcade graphics a lot like old school SNK fighter games, The animations fall inline with that opinion. Really well done animations that look sweet as.
  • Banging soundtrack with an all star cast showcasing efforts covering techno to house.
  • Full 360 pad support.
  • Tutorial area.
  • Video options are not plentiful but cover the major ones like fullscreen and v-sync.
  • Rebindable keys for both pad and keyboard.
  • Game play is a tricky one as its a kind of a mash up of many game types. You smash a ball against a wall to speed it up, do special moves to increase it even more, The whole level has a wall all around it so its like squash in that effect. If the ball hits you you are eliminated. So with this yu could say its  a hunger games drug induced squash tournament.
  • Easy controls.
  • Selection of game modes:
    • Challenge is your arcade mode, Face off against AI, earn exp and unlock new costume colours.
    • Vs is where you can play with up to 4 players offline and add AI players if you want. you can mix and match as well so add 2 AI and have 2 human players.
    • Online is the same as offline in that you can play with up to 4 players. You still earn exp and can unlock costumes.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Steam cards.
  • Unlock new variations for the game. Unlocking a big ball is a fine example of this.
  • Six levels to play on and each one offering a unique experience.
  • Each player has a special move which is charged up through the game. The move is devastating and makes the ball near enough impossible to stop!
  • Gameplay is lightening fast, Reflexes are put to the test and pin point accuracy is needed but luck always triumphs.
  • The whole presentation is top notch from brilliant music to the classic “Fight!” soundclip. You get such a pang of nostalgia of arcades when playing, its just brilliant fun.
  • You do have a practice area just in case you wanna try a few combos out.
  • You can play all against all or do team battles, You can do up to 4 teams but you can also do 3v1 so all good unless your the one that is.

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Cons:

  • Few dubious hit detection desicions but that could be the bitter player in me.
  • Needs a few more game variations.
  • Few more levels with a bit more variation in them like platforms and moving objects.
  • Doesnt have any real customisable options, just pick a colour for your outfit.
  • No leaderboards.
  • Needs a tournament mode badly.
  • Difficulty spikes in the single player challenge mode.
  • More characters.

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In Summary, The game is brilliant fun and to be honest is best played locally with friends. its one of those proper old school beat em ups ish games that has everyone having fun screaming at the TV. Give it some proper modes and really cater for it and this will be a long time game for LAN events. This game will not be getting deleted anytime son i can tell you. It is so accessible and easy to explain the rules so anyone can jump in and have at it! The price may seem a bit high but you know more content will be coming and even now it is worth the price.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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